Political Twitter: “But the president/governor/legislator I support violates the Constitution/laws/norms for good reasons.”
Good intentions don’t make a president’s actions constitutional. President Biden concedes his new eviction moratorium is likely illegal, but he’s doing it anyway. Regardless of the issue or which party holds the White House, we must not tolerate lawlessness from the president.
The CDC, White House, and media have been their own worst enemies when it comes to addressing COVID-19. By frequently mischaracterizing risk and probabilities—misusing data and ignoring knowledge in their policy recommendations—they’ve sown confusion and fueled vaccine hesitancy.
These are the graphs CDC is using to call for universal masking. The ranges here are so wide that the information is practically useless for policy making. Their outlined graph, which is the most relevant one to their recommendation, also assumes really low natural immunity.
As you approach a 100% vaccination rate, you also approach 100% of cases of a virus being found among vaccinated persons. This is a statistical point that is routinely missed by people talking about the rise of cases in the vaccinated population.
The new guidance will further disincentivize people from getting vaccinated. It’s immunity from the virus that will keep it in check; more masks but fewer immunized persons is not a good strategy. Moreover, unless they plan to shut down global travel, masking would be indefinite.
The White House and CDC should be honest with us: What they really want is for unvaccinated people to mask up, but since they don’t trust them to act voluntarily, they’re demanding that everyone mask up so it’s easy to enforce. This approach is untenable.
A representative democracy that abandons liberalism (divided powers, the Rule of Law and equality before the law, freedom from arbitrary coercion, free speech and other protected rights) will gradually lose its democratic and representative character and embrace authoritarianism.
Watching Republicans and Democrats in Congress is like watching professional wrestling but with much dumber scripts and worse acting.
The First Amendment protects the spreading of misinformation in almost every context.
It does so because what’s widely perceived as false may at times be unpopular truth.
It recognizes that human progress is built upon the advancement of ideas the majority once did not accept.
The way to address suspected government collusion with private companies isn’t to demand *more* entanglement with those companies; it’s to get government out of the arrangement by legally barring collusive state-agent relationships while also empowering whistleblowers.
The federal government shouldn’t be dictating what is misinformation and impermissible in public discourse. We are human beings who have the right to communicate with others and assess info without government interference. Free speech is an essential element of a free society.
Americans deserve to know to what extent the federal government works with social media companies. Is there any quid pro quo? The First Amendment exists to keep the government from controlling what Americans hear. Free societies counter misinformation with information, not bans.
Let me be clear: Government without decentralization isn’t governance. It’s exploitation.
Libertarianism is a philosophy dedicated to the advancement of peaceful human cooperation.
One irony is that, unlike Section 230, which doesn’t grant anyone special immunity, there is an area of law in which corporations operate explicitly as agents of the state—with special immunity and the power to ruin lives: surveillance law, which GOP politicians keep supporting!
We talk about multiple forever wars, but there’s really just one. Afghanistan is a theater in the One War. The One War is immoral and illegal. Hawks try to spin the 2001 AUMF, but it doesn’t authorize any of this. Bring the troops home. Don’t send them elsewhere. End the One War.
A reminder that Section 230 applies to everyone on the internet—you, me, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, bosses, Twitter, Fox News, The New York Times; it has nothing to do with some alleged designation as a platform or publisher. It does not grant anyone special immunity.
The goal of libertarianism is to create a society based on cooperation instead of one based on coercion.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Happy Independence Day!
“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race?”
The Libertarian Party has a long history of opposing abusive policing and protecting rights. We’ve led the way. We don’t need to mimic others’ language, but we also can’t let political correctness—fear of looking woke—stand in the way of our principles and saying what we believe.
The NSA spies on all Americans through so-called “incidental collection.” Don’t let surveillance state apologists fool you. “Incidental collection” isn’t just collection on people talking to bad guys overseas. It’s broad, warrantless collection that violates the Fourth Amendment.